Matt Gingold is a transdisciplinary artist weaving together critical theory, media installation and audiovisual performance.
Matt Gingold is a transdisciplinary artist weaving together critical theory, media installation and audiovisual performance. Their practice focuses on creating intimate experiences of – and with – technology. They are inspired by critical research into histories of science, the ai/aes/ethics of digital cultures, trans/mad/ness and non/human complexity.
As an audiovisual designer, electronic performance and installation artist, Matt has been invited to create work for numerous major arts companies and festivals, including Ars Electronica (AT), Seoul Festival (KR), Club Transmediale (DE), ANTI Festival (FL), MONA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse, BalletLab and the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney International Arts Festivals.
They have received several awards and residencies, including a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art, a Green Room Award for Best Video Design, a European Media Art Research and Exchange Residency (DE) and two research fellowships in the fields of media, performance and machine learning at Simon Fraser University (CA, 2012-2014) and The Open University (UK, 2017-2018).
RealTime have described Matt as “technically gifted…with an intuitive sense of how [their] abstract grids of light can be turned into machines of beauty”, Fjord Review said their work “gives the impression of altering both the perception and experience of time”, and the Sydney Morning Herald hailed their collaboration with Sisters Grimm, “a huge technical, choreographic and imaginative effort mated with a mischievous sense of humour”.
Most recently Matt has completed a Graduate Certificate of AI (2020), co-created Transitions in collaboration with Nathan Thompson, a choreography of sound, light and robotic movement for the Fremantle Biennial (2021); and was the creative producer of SymbioticA’s new work, Sunlight, Soil & Shit (2022), a tentacular exhibition, conference and series of performance lectures and dinners that investigated techno-capitalist food production.
They are currently artist-in-definite at SymbioticA, where they continue to worry about ai/aes/ethics, transdisciplinary practice, posthuman (ir)rationality, the tricky matter of non/human interaction and how to grow tiny hearts from IPSC stem cells.
Awards, residencies and workshops: Artists with Disabilities Mentorship Initiative (Australia Council for the Arts, 2021/22), Artist-in-Resident at Ars Electronica’s FutureLab (Austria, 2012), Media-Lab Prados’ Interactivos (Madrid/Slovenia, 2012), CTM Transmedialle Hacklab (Berlin, 2019), Yamaguchi Centre for Media Arts Inter-Lab (Japan, 2008), Aphid’s, Atelier Eden OzCo Arts Lab (2011-12), Green Room Award for Best Video Design (Calpurnia Descending, 2014), Prix Ars Electronica Distinction in Interactive Media (It’s A Jungle In Here, 2012).
National and international arts presenters: Ars Electronica (Austria), Werkleitz (Germany), Medialab-Prado (Madrid/Slovenia), Teatro Mayor (Columbia), MOCA Taipei (Taiwan), Expo Bicentenario (Mexico), Seoul Festival (Korea), Melaka Festival (Malaysia), OneArtSpace (New York), MONA’s Festival of Music and Art (TAS), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (WA), Malthouse (VIC), Sydney Theatre Company (NSW), Carriageworks (NSW), Brown’s Mart (NT), National Portrait Gallery of Australia (ACT).
Commercial software and interactive installation clients: ABB Schweiz, Melbourne Museum, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australian Film Commission, Telstra/Sensis, CSIRO, Hoyts, Ontario Science Centre.
2020: Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence, Deakin University, Australia.
2017-18: Research Fellow (Computer Vision, HUI, Machine Learning), The Open University, United Kingdom.
2012-14: Research Fellow (Video, Dance, Machine Learning), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.
1997-99: Bachelor of Media Arts with Distinction, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia.
2004-2020: Creative | Technical | Production, Trace Media, freelance creative, technical and production services for performance, installation and events, including media art, audiovisual, lighting, installation and sound design, software engineering for real-time, embedded and interactive systems, technical, pr/communications and production management. In addition to cultural and scientific collaborations, commercial clients have included ACMI, Melbourne Museum, CSIRO, Hoyts Cinemas, Telstra, ABB Schweiz.
2018 -2019: AV/Lighting Development & Design, Tranzept GmbH, research and development of kinetic lighting experiences for clubs, festivals and installations, including hardware and software engineering of embedded LED, DMX, ArtNet, SACN and servo drivers (Berlin).
2017-2018: Lead Innovation Researcher and Programmer, Dynaikon, research and development of GPU accelerated computer vision, symmetry analysis and machine learning algorithms for human user interaction in the fields of dance, performance and gesture.
2004-2010: Technical Director, Experimenta Media Arts, organising insurance, transport and staffing for national and international tours, scoping commissions, consulting with artists, costing installations and major public projects, modifying and installing media artworks.
2003-2007: Teacher/Facilitator, ACMI Digital Storytelling, working with diverse community groups (eg., the deaf and blind, physically and mentally disabled, prisoners, at risk youth, sexual assault victims) to tell stories about their experience using digital tools.
2003-2009: Freelance VJ, many artists and venues, including Terriarki Anarki Saki (2003-7), First Floor (2003-6), Outpost (2006-9), Electundra (2005/8), Victorian Design Awards (2006), Melbourne International Arts Festival (2005/7) and the Big Day Out (2005-8).
1999-2000: Media Technology Officer, RMIT Library, scoping, deploying and servicing a 20 computer media-lab aimed at TAFE students studying in the media and design sectors.
1996-1998: Editor & Advertising Manager, Farrago Magazine, Melbourne University, advertising sales, editing, writing, design, photography, administration and the politics of free education.
2016: SuperVision, Trienniale der Moderne, Dessau Germany (with dunutztmichnuraus).
2016: Longing & Forgetting, OneArtSpace, New York (with Drs Thecla Schiphorst & Philippe Pasquier).
2015: Phase Orkestra, Move.On. Festival, Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Germany.
2014: Filament Orkestra, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth WA.
2012: Domače Volt Orkestra, Media-Lab Prado, Ljudmila Slovenia (with Ben Olsen and participants).
2011: It’s A Jungle In Here, Melbourne International Arts Festival (with Van Sowerwine, Isobel Knowles).
2012: Flying Falling Floating, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei Taiwan.
2010: The Perfect Artist, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT.
2009: Circuit 8, Melbourne Fringe Commission, simultaneously at 8 artist-run galleries, VIC.
2007: Ghosts of the Uncivil Head, Bus Gallery, Melbourne VIC.
2006: That Pretty Little Thing You Can’t Ignore, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne VIC.
2005: ScreenTest, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne VIC (with Keely O’Shannessy).
Installation & Technical Services
2008: Playground ++, Experimenta Media Arts, Sculpture Square, Singapore (ISEA).
2008: NEW ‘08, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
2007: Cinema Paradiso, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
2007-09: Playground, Experimenta Media Arts, Touring 6 national venues.
2007: Baby Love, Experimenta Media Arts, Carriageworks, Sydney; Awesome Festival, Perth.
2006-07: Vanishing Point, Experimenta Media Arts, Touring 11 national venues.
2004-05: House of Tomorrow, Experimenta Media Arts, Touring 9 national venues.
2006: Monkey Bear Robot, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
2006: Visual Arts Program, Melbourne International Arts Festival, 45 Downstairs & SPAN Gallery
2006: Under the Radar, Experimenta Media Arts, FACT, Liverpool.
2006: Commonwealth ’06 (Brian Massumi), Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
2006: Kubrik (Camera construction), Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
2005: White Noise (Ryoji Ikeda), Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
2005-06: Picturing the Old People, Experimedia, State Library of Victoria; Lyndon Gallery.
2005: Playengines (Novamedia), Experimedia, State Library of Victoria.
2004: Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Museum Of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
2004: Biennial Electronic Arts Perth, various artists, John Curtin Gallery, Perth.
Lecturing & Workshops
Artist Talks, Ars Electronica, PICA, CIA, Symbiotica, Werkleitz (2011-2015)
Physical computing & openFrameworks, Media-Lab Prado/Ljudmila (2012)
Introduction to openFrameworks, CIA Studios (Perth 2011)
Fringe Mentoring Program, Mentor for Jemma Woolmore (Melbourne 2010)
Curating Media Art Forums, OzCo/Experimenta Media Arts (Sydney, Adelaide, Perth 2008)
Victorian University of Technology, Media Hub, Alternative Media Art Careers Workshop (2006)
Artist Conversations, Nextwave Festival, Video performance dialogues (2006)
Victorian University of Technology, Media Hub, Programming for Art Workshop (2005)
Frame Rate (Time Webster) VJ workshops (2004)
Production Management and PR/Communications
2020: Nicholas Building Xmas Market, production management for annual Christmas Market at the iconic Nicholas Building in the Melbourne CBD.
2020: Artist* Led Economy, Nextwave/Blindside, production management for live streaming UBI symposium.
2020: Festival 23, Pavillion, media and public relations for premiere electronic art and music festival.
2019: Beyond the Valley, Background, bar area management for electronic music festival.
Residencies, Grants and Awards
2019: Club Transmediale Music Hacklab, Berlin, Germany.
2017-18: Dynaikon: Computer Vision & Performance R&D Funding, Innovate UK, London, UK.
2016: Sonar Innovation Challenge, Barcelona, Spain.
2015: European Media Art Residency & Exchange Program, Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Germany.
2015: Green Room Award, Best Video Design (Calpurnia Descending).
2012: Prix Ars Electronica, Distinction in Interactive Art (It’s a Jungle In Here).
2012: Ars Electronica Artist-In-Residence, Novamedia/Australia Council, Linz, Austria.
2012: Media-Lab Prado Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana, Ljudmila Slovenia.
2011: Atelier Edens, Aphids/Australia Council Arts Lab.
2009: Aphids’ Tactical-Media Residency, Centre for Interactive Art/PVI, Perth WA.
2008: InterLab Camp, ANAT/Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media (YCAM), Yamaguchi Japan.
Commercial & Cultural Interactive Installation
2016: ABB Schweiz, two interactive installations for the corporate re-branding gala event.
2013: Deep Listening, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne VIC (permanent installation)
2010: VoidLove Aphids Online video documentary exploring dark matter (http://voidlove.tv).
2008: Other People, AFC development of a video/social networking site.
2009: ScreenWorlds ACMI, VoD touch-screens about Australian screen cultures on exhibition until 2019.
2008: Trading Post, Telstra/Sensis, Help tutorial content and playback system.
2006: The Learning Federation, CSIRO, 6 learning components exploring physics for teenagers.
2005: Hoyts Cinema, PIVoD, VoD information touch-screen kiosks at premium Hoyts Cinemas.
2005: Ontario Science Centre, PIVoD, 6 interactive installations exploring physics for teenagers.
2014-15: Production & AV Design, The Experiment Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals.
2014: AV Design/System, Culpurnia Descending (SistersGrimm) Malthouse & Sydney Theatre Company.
2014: FX Tracking & Projection System, Multiverse (Australian Dance Theatre) The Space, Adelaide SA.
2014: Director/Composer, ZeroZero (Tony Yapp, Yumi Umiumare) Melbourne International Arts Festival.
2013: AV System, Prompter (Sam Fox/Hydrapoesis) Arts House, Melbourne VIC.
2011: Director/Editor, Tomb (Balletlab) Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS.
2011: AV Design & Composer/Performer, Eulogy of the Living (Tony Yapp) Melaka Festival, Malaysia.
2008: Video Design, The Zombie State (Daniel Schlusser) Melbourne University Theatre, Melbourne VIC.
2008: Video Design, Love Monkey (John-Paul Hussey & Kelly Ryall) Northcote Townhall, Melbourne VIC.
2007-11: AV Design/System, Great Wall of Books (Well Theatre) Touring: Macau, Mexico and Korea.
2006: AV Design/System, Ray of Glass Needles (P:Media Arts) Nextwave/Dancehouse, Melbourne VIC.
Selected AV Performances
2019: CTM Hacklab Performance, Hua2, Berlin.
2015-2019: LED Installation & Performance, Station Endlos Klub (Halle) and at Feel, Artlake and Fusion Festivals, various locations, Germany.
2018: LED Installation & Performance, Tal der Verwirrung, Kater Blau, Berlin.
2017-2018: LED Installation, Bachstelzen/Stelzinger, Chaos Computer Club Congress, Leipzig.
2010: Roberto Morales, Live video, robotic instruments and audio-visual collaboration, Mexico.
2006: Black Arm Band, Director live camera, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Hamer Hall.
2006: Fusion Festival (Cabaret at the End of the World), Live video performance, Germany.
2003-4: Floating Point Curated live AV performance showcases, First Floor (with Keely O’Shannesy).
Audiovisual Consultation & Documentation
2011-16: Balletlab – documentation of After, Tomorrow, Aviary, Thumb, Miracle & Amplification.
2011: Secret/Sacred – 3D scanning and custom viewer for indigenous artifacts, Australian Museum.
2010-11: Gapuwiyak Calling – installation & video design for North East Arnhem Land community.
2010: Brown’s Mart (Darwin) – public art projection consultation for heritage theatre venue.
2009: ANZ Digital Screen – technical consultant for Docklands digital screen development.
2009: Daniel Crooks – technical consultation and render farm implementation.
2008: David Rozetsky – technical consultation and installation.
2006: Evolution of Fearlessness, Lynette Wallworth, Vienna.
2005: Cross Reference, Craig Walsh, Yokohama Triennial.